Year 1

A Day In Year 1

Arriving in the morning

The academy gates will open at 8:40am each morning and we ask that your parents/carers line up at the drop off point so at 8.45 you (and the other children!) can settle quickly and are ready to start the academy day. We ask that the Year Group Staff and office are informed if someone different will be picking you up in the afternoon.

8:30 – 8.50am: Register and early morning work

Each morning the children come in and put their coats and bags into their lockers and packed lunches into the cookery room. They will then sit quietly and complete an early morning challenge  and reading to an adult at their desks whilst Miss Elvin, Miss Mills and Miss Browne call the register to check if all of the children are in the academy. You will be asked what you are having for lunch.

9 – 9.45 – Phonics

We spend some time each day helping you to learn your letter sounds and names. You will work in class groups with an adult and you may even take some work home to share with your families! It’s very important that you try your best to practice the letters and sounds and remember them as best as you can!

We will be listening to you read and share sentences and books. We will also be playing some interactive games that support you to recognise the phonic sounds in different words.

You will also get to do lots of writing! We focus on sentence structure and handwriting when we are writing, placing punctuation correctly and using our phonic knowledge to help us to spell. You will learn how to form your letters correctly and how to write short sentences. – we are now following non cursive script for our handwriting. Please ask your adults to support your practise at home using the new handwriting patter.

9.45 – 10.15/ 10.30 – 11 – Power of Reading – Literacy

We use the Power of Reading scheme which recommends a range of age appropriate, engaging texts with high-quality illustrations. We start each unit by exploring the text in detail using our reading skills, retrieving key information, making predictions about the characters and plot, and drawing inferences. The children are then taught about a particular genre of writing and follow a sequence of planning, drafting, and editing to create their own piece of writing.  You will each be given a reading bookmark with question stems so that your parents/carers can help with this too when reading at home.

10.15 – 10:30am: Snack and break

At break time the children are provided with a healthy snack and are prompted to have a drink and go to the toilet. Throughout the day the children have access to their EWOA water bottles which they need to take home and bring to the academy daily. We encourage the children to be as independent as possible, even when peeling fruit and refilling drinks! Please let the teacher and office know if you child has any allergies. Children have 15 minutes of outside play during the morning. Children have a designated area on the playground for our individual bubbles to play within using our own classroom resources. Adults from within our bubble support the children during playtimes.

11 – 11.45 : Effective Maths

We follow the Shanghai Maths Programme called ‘Effective Maths’ which allows children to develop a good understanding of mathematical procedures and concepts. Effective Maths supports all pupils through concrete resources as well as mastery challenges. The children learn how to identify mathematical patterns, relationships, and connections; it is a comprehensive framework which ensures high-quality maths teaching using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to deepen understanding. We also use fluency, reasoning, and problem-solving challenges daily. We strive to make the lessons interactive and enjoyable with well thought out equipment used and vocabulary through talk partners to aid learning this can all be found in our resource trays.

There are lots of things that you can do at home to help you with your maths, such as:

  • Practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s
  • Knowing which number is bigger or smaller and what comes next and before etc.
  • Sorting numbers into numerical order
  • Talking about time using words such as morning, afternoon, today, tomorrow, next, last, after, front, back and start to tell the time to the nearest hour-
  • Noticing maths in your local environment for example using money shopping with mum or dad!

11:45 – 12:40pm: Lunchtime

We currently have our lunch in the main academy hall. We will walk over to the hall together and then we will sit at tables and eat our lunch with our friends. It is really important that you are able to eat your dinner with a knife and fork so make sure you practice! After we have eaten lunch, the children play on the playground. Although closely monitored, the children are given the opportunity to take part in unstructured play which encourages them to develop their own games and rules.

Foundation Subjects –

During the afternoon and some morning sessions, we take part in our foundation subjects – Music, Computing, PE, Science, History, RE, Geography, Design and Technology, Art and PHSE. Pupils are mostly taught by the class teacher but are also taught by other members of staff who can share their own subject expertise with the children.

2.30 – 2.45 Time to go home!

After a busy day, it’s time for you to go home! We will independently collect our things for home and all sit on the carpet or our tables for a story and wellbeing focus time. We will then line up on the playground and wait for your parents/carers to pick you up. Once one of the academy adults sees your parent/carer you will be called to go home, please do not leave the line unless an adult has called you. Unfortunately, we can’t let you go home with a different adult unless we have been told that you are being picked up by someone different.

Here are some websites that may help your children with their learning: